Window blinds will look their best if you clean them once a week. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget until they’re covered in dust or have turned yellow and discolored due to exposure to the sun. The good news is that with a few basic tools, you can learn how to clean blinds. Cleaning your window treatments is a simple method to keep your house looking tidy and inviting.
- Cleaning dusty blinds in a simple way
Using soap and water to clean dusty blinds can result in dirty streaks, as well as being drippy and messy. Wiping them down with a duster or microfiber cloth is easy.
- How to Clean heavily soiled blinds
Grease, dust, pet hair and particles floating around in the air can combine to make blinds grimy, especially when blinds are used in kitchens. To clean them, start by dusting them with a microfiber cloth. Do not use water on wood blinds.
- Make a 50/50 solution of warm water and white vinegar in a pail or bucket if the blinds are plastic or metal and you wish to keep them in place to clean them.
- Add a small amount of mild dishwashing soap to the mix. Wipe down each slat with a sponge dipped in the solution. Wipe each slat down with a sponge saturated in fresh, clean water to finish. Allow the blinds to air dry or dry them with a cloth.
- Use a clean sock over your hand to clean mini-blinds with the 50/50 solution. Wipe each slat with a sock dipped in the solution. If necessary, rinse the sock under cold water.
- If the blinds are too dirty to clean while they’re still in place, raise them as high as they’ll go and remove them from the window. Fill your bathtub halfway with warm water and a gallon of white vinegar.
- Bring the shades to the tub, lower them until they are fully extended, and then set them flat. Extend them as far as they will go if they are too long to fit in your tub.
- Make sure the blinds are completely submerged in water and soak for about an hour. Use a sponge to clean any particularly filthy areas.
- Drain the tub and rinse the blinds with a shower wand or by squeezing them with clean water. Pick them up and place them over the tub to drain any extra water. Put the blinds back up and dry them with a towel, or hang them outside to air dry.
How to Clean All Kinds of Window Blinds, From Vertical to Venetian
Blinds are a popular window treatment because they offer a decorative element while also providing privacy and allowing you to control the amount of light that enters the area. If you’re not sure how to clean your window blinds, here are some pointers.
- Vacuum your blinds with the brush attachment every time you clean the house, no matter what kind of blinds you have. Not only will you just have to deep clean them twice a year, but their durability will also increase, saving you money in the long term.
- Cleaning should always be done in the direction of the slats or honeycombs, rather than against them. Also, make sure both sides, the hanging gear, and any cords are all clean.
Blinds of various types can be cleaned in different ways.
- Wood Blinds
Wood blinds should be cleaned with a moist cloth dipped in vinegar. Vinegar is a natural antibacterial that cuts through filth and even oil. To avoid warping or discoloration, wipe the blinds dry as soon as possible. To preserve them from sun damage, apply a wood conditioner to them.
- Faux-Wood Blinds
Faux-wood blinds should be cleaned in the same way as wood blinds, but without the use of a wood conditioner. Instead, apply a fabric softener sheet to each slat once they’ve been cleaned. For several months, this will keep the dust away. Simply wipe the blinds with a new cloth when the magical dust-repellent properties have worn off.
- Venetian Blinds
Aluminum and vinyl blinds are easiest to clean by soaking them in warm water with a little Dawn. Allow them to soak for a few minutes before gently scrubbing them with a sponge – a sponge mop makes this job go quickly.
To eliminate any lingering filth, drain the water, refill the tub, and soak them again. After that, drain the tub and hang the curtains to dry on towels. You can also dry them on the lawn with towels or hung from a clothesline. Before rehanging, allow them to thoroughly dry.
- Vertical Blinds
- Fabric Blinds (Pleated, Roman, Roller and Cellular)
Vacuum the blinds thoroughly with your vacuum cleaners dust brush. Use the low setting on your vacuum cleaner to reduce the risk of damaging your blinds.
Another approach is to use a cool blow dryer. You can use it to blast dirt or bugs out of honeycombs, rolls, and wrinkles.
If you have a stain on your fabric blinds, dampen a microfiber towel and blot it away. Set-in stains can be treated with a small amount of fabric detergent. Before lifting the blinds, allow them to dry completely. Take them to a dry cleaner if they’re significantly discolored.
Cleaning Blinds: Do’s and Don’ts
- When you dust, make a point of cleaning your blinds at least once a week.
- Dust blinds before vacuuming or sweeping to ensure that dust is removed rather than dispersed throughout your home.
- Do not squirt air freshener, hairspray, or any other sticky spray near your blinds since residue will accumulate over time.
- Do not use water to defend against dust. First, dry the dust using a microfiber towel that will catch it. When water is applied to a dusty surface, it tends to make the issue worse.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blinds manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.